Emili talks why we can learn from all genres and how to explore our own inner creativity. She explores the music as the reality which also encompasses fantasy.

What does music mean to you personally?

Music to me is a gateway to ones soul. It allows me to connect with others in
ways which words cannot. I have always been fascinated with vibrational
energy, sacred geometry and how sound effects the human body on a cellular
level. I feel music is the most profound healer and holds many answers to
how the Universe operates. In my opinion, everything is frequency therefore
music plays a very important role towards my well-being. It is a wonderful
portal to express my thoughts and feelings without feeling judged.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

Firstly I would have to question what fantasy is in more detail. Many of us are so
immune to fantasy being outside our human experience because of the mind being
overpowered by a fast passed society; although for me, music is about reality which
also encompasses fantasy, depending on ones state of internal joy and bliss. From
our internal world also reflects our external world.

If you were not a professional musician, would would you have been?

If I were not a professional musician, I would have continued my training in the
world of dressage. As a young girl I was equally passionate about horses. Having
been born and raised in remote rural Australia, it would never phase me to go back
to this simple lifestyle.

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your
future?

No I am not worried at all. I feel the demographic of classical music audiences are
in a state of transition. What is worrying however, is the industry’s inability to
embrace classical music artists who wish to walk on stage without fear of being
themselves. A perfect example of the new age classical musician is British pianist
James Rhodes.
We can always accommodate for a younger audience, although if it is to manifest,
we need to let go of the old marketing paradigms and embrace the 21st century
with all it has to offer. Older audiences would no doubt see this as a breath of fresh
air, ‘music to their eyes’!

What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century? Do
you see that there is a transformation of this role?

I think I may have answered a majority of this question above, although if I were to
add to it, I would have to emphasize the importance of the classical music industry
needing to embrace composers of the present. The classical music industry has
been somewhat controlled by subconscious religious conditioning and black formal
attire. For me personally, continuously performing music from the past is no
different to a pop band playing cover songs. In my opinion today’s composers
shouldn’t be compared to The Greats, we should have the courage to move on.
Classical is a genre, therefore ones composition is a creation in its own right, not an
interpretation.

When I say that classical music is searching for new ways or that the
classical music is getting a new face, what would come to your mind?

I agree that the classical music industry is gradually succumbing to getting a new
face, it is crucial this happens. If there is anyone who reflects this, in my opinion I
would have to again mention pianist James Rhodes; not so much for his music, but
for his image, it is a breath of fresh air.

Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative?
Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

Performance wise, rehashing the same composers year in, year out is bound to
display a continuous line up of perfected performers; although in my opinion this
doesn’t allow artists to fulfil their personal creativity as such. So yes, I would have to
say classical musicians today could dig a little deeper and start composing and
performing their own work.
My role throughout the composition process is to constantly challenge my creative
abilities, offering audiences a vast differentiation of new repertoire.

Do you think we musicians can do something to attract the younger
generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?

This is my favourite question! Yes, wholeheartedly. As previously mentioned, I
strongly believe we need to let go of the old paradigms which are attached to the
classical music genre. These include large and predictable biographies, black attire
and an artist image which is uninspiring.
The younger generation today relates to what they visually see on stage. If classical
music is performed in clothing similar to a bridesmaid dress or a black suit, it will
be highly unlikely younger audiences will not respond. However, if we listen to our
youth and be inspired by the wonderful array of fashion which is accessible to us,
we may have a chance at bringing classical music into the limelight.
My goal is to always relate to all demographics, therefore having a stylist who
understands how important my image is, has been an essential key factor in my
performances. I love merging my love for fashion and classical music into one, it has
attracted many young listeners.

Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece
(written by you) How did you start working on it?

My creative process is stimulated in many different ways. At times a word may pop
into my mind which I have never heard of previously, for example Aragon. I then
research this word and find it is of the early modern kingdom on the Iberian
Peninsula in ancient Medieval times. I read about life during this time and from
there sit at the piano and start composing a story, in this instance, it was the
Kingdom of Aragon.
Other moments I sit down and it flows out effortlessly. I imagine myself as a conduit
for story-telling. My compositions can be completed within one recording or span
over a couple of weeks. I tend to focus on the joy of composing, this is when the
magic happens.

We, Moving Classics TV, love the combination of classical music with
different disciplines: music and painting, music and cinematography, music
and digital art, music and poetry. What do you think about these
combinations?

I think these combinations are incredibly effective. All disciplines can merge
beautifully if given the time to connect with each other.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical
music for themselves?

Yes certainly. I would advise young classical enthusiasts to explore and be open to
all styles of music. There is so much to learn from other genres and this results in a
deeper understanding of how all music connects as one, there is no separation. As
soon as one becomes judgemental of other musical genres, they are caught in the
past and unable to explore their own inner creativity.
Secondly, be yourself. Degrees are not for everyone although music is for everyone.
Own what you do and do your best not to get caught up in having to prove you are
a classical artist based on your biography. Sure it is wonderful to have, but not
essential. Things are changing and there is an abundance of opportunities to
become an individual among many classical performers. Think outside the box,
allow musicality to be your focus and technicality to be secondary. At the end of
your performance, you want to capture people’s emotions, not critics with an
analytical mindset.

Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?

No, I focus on what I enjoy and from there everything seems to flow. If the artist has
conviction in what they are doing, people will respond positively.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

Although I love composing classical music, I am also equally focused on
contemporary piano music. My upcoming album ‘Absence of the Wild’ is focused on
stories based around our animal kingdom. I am passionate about animal welfare
therefore find it very easy to compose music reflecting stories about wildlife.
I am currently working towards my Australian tour. This will be a selection of
classical and contemporary compositions from previous albums and my new album

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